Tutorials - Project Packets

Can't come to a class?  These tutorial packets are excellent companions to my book,  "Gourds with Southwestern Motifs".  The packets go into much more detail than simple class handouts and will help you with the details you need to complete your project.  Each packet is filled with tips and ideas for making the project your own as well as teaching you new techniques or adding to your body of gourding knowledge.   If you liked my book, you'll enjoy these add on tutorials.  

All projects are fully illustrated with photographs, and are printed on heavy bond paper for the highest quality photo reproduction. 

Confused?  There are 3 versions of my "Gourds" book, but they are basically the same with some slight variations.  The photo on the far left is the first edition in hardcover from Sterling Publishing.  The photo in the middle is the second edition in softcover by Lark Publishing. The content in these two is exactly the same.  The photo on the right is the third edition from Echo Point Publishing.  It is available as either a  paperback or a hardcover book, and contains an updated gallery section at the end of the book, as well as the addition of the filigree project.  The rest of the content remains the same as the other editions.

***The projects are graded by level of difficulty. The easiest projects have one star.  More advanced projects have additional stars.  All projects are copyright 2006-2019 by Bonnie Gibson - Do not photocopy.  ​

Riverbed Gourd**
5 pages (1 color page) $5

The Riverbed Gourd project is a really fun and not too difficult project.  The instructions include directions on the project itself along with information on applying patina paints (optional).  The materials needed are fairly simple as well.  Use the design in your own creative way, photo examples are included. 

Added Lids***
7 pages (1 color page) $7

This project shows you how to make an added lid using gourd scraps and wood. This type of lid will always fit, because it is like a bottle stopper, fitting into a round hole.  No more worrying about your lid dropping into the gourd or not lining up to fit properly.  Also included is information and patterns for creating decorative handles from a variety of materials.  

Spiral Carving **
6 pages (2 color pages) $7

This project is one of the most popular classes I have offered, and it allows for great creativity and unique gourds.  All instuctions for the various optional patterns are included along with some great color photos and a variety of samples to use for ideas.

Infinity Weave***
8 pages (1 color page) $8

This project has a complex pattern that may prove challenging to some and easy to others, but the actual carving is not that complicated.    All instuctions are included for the 2 different methods of laying out the design, as well as complete carving instructions.  Illustrated with photo examples, and includes charts and grid paper for learning the design.

Faux Raku with Added Critter*
6 pages (2 color pages) $6

This project requires few tools and is great for beginning gourders - more advanced gourders can add their own spin to the basic technique to create their own unique creations.  All instuctions are included for the project as well as a list of materials and some alternative choices for coloring and decoration.

Pueblo Ladies**
5 pages (1 color page) $5

This packet gives you instructions and creative ideas to create your own Pueblo Ladies style gourd.  The packet includes patterns .

Native Treasures**
5 pages (1 color page)  $5

This packet shows you how to create a gourd with a carved faux inlaid stone necklace and beaten metal finish.  It includes tips on some decorative painting techniques and carving instructions.

Carving Burs - Selection and Uses*
12 pages (4 color pages)  $10  

This packet is designed for those who want to learn more about the different types, shapes and sizes of carving burs that are good for carving gourds.  Included are explanations about what different shapes/types can do, and the pros and cons of different types of burs.  Nothing will beat hands on experimentation, but this should give you enough basic knowledge about the burs so you know which ones to use for different things.  

Carving with Cutouts - Cardinals, Blue Jays and Backgrounds****
13 pages (1 color page)  $8   
This packet was designed for those that are unable to attend one of my advanced carving classes.  While this packet can't replace the hands-on instruction you'd get in a class, it does have lots of information including basic principles of 3 dimensional relief carving, carving with cutouts, design tips and patterns.  The packet uses Cardinals/Blue Jays to illustrate the basic technique; the same principles apply to other designs as well.  
* This packet includes 8 pages of background patterns and a page of Cardinal/Blue Jay patterns.  

This packet is an excellent addition to the Wildlife Carving Packet. 

*Note:  You may purchase the 8 pages of  Cardinal, Blue Jay and Backgrounds PATTERNS ONLY instead of the complete project with instructions.  $5 
Carving with Cutouts  Add On Pattern Packets****

These add-on patterns are designs from some of my advanced carving classes.  The original packet "Carving with Cutouts" as shown above may be supplemented with these new designs.  The patterns are also suitable for woodburning and painting projects.   **These include black and white line patterns only - no instructions are included in the patterns below. 

Desert Flora and Rabbit Patterns
3 pages - $3

Hummingbirds & Flowers Patterns
3 pages - $3

Sea Life Patterns - Turtles, Whales 
(including NW Coast) and Dolphins
3 pages - $3

OR  ALL three add-on patterns as listed above - $7.50

Filigree Carving***
7 pages (1 color page)  $7

More than just a project; this is a step by step tutorial of this exciting technique.  This packet was designed for those that have wanted to take one of my filigree classes but live too far away.  While this packet can't replace the hands-on instruction you'd get in a class, it does have  a thorough explanation of the technique including design tips, tool selection, patterns, and much more.
Fancy Filigree ***
8 pages (1 color page)  $7

This project complements and goes a step beyond the basic filigree project.  Instructions and photos  show you how to add and carve filigree with figural patterns.  Information on design layout, cutting techniques, burs, and pattern suggestions  are included.  

Special: Buy both the Filigree Packet and the Fancy Filigree Packet together and save.  You will get copies of both packets for $13.
Rock Art and Gourd Pottery**
5 pages (1 color page)  $5

Create a lightweight gourd wall sculpture with simple tools and materials.  Complete instructions are included for sculpting and painting the rock backing and for creating and painting the "ancient" gourd pottery.  A full sheet of petroglyph patterns is included, as well as some design ideas for painting your gourd pottery.

Cactus Fiber Embellishments**
7 pages (2 color pages)  $7 

Try your hand at one of the hottest new techniques using fiber from cactus.  The packet will show you two different methods of application; inlaid fiber and fiber that is applied to the surface with clay.   Also included are instructions for gathering and processing your own materials.  (Prepared fiber is NOT included)

3-D Feather Carving***
7 pages (1 color page)  $6  

This packet was designed for those that are not able to attend one of my carving classes, but would like to learn  how to carve a feather in relief.  In this packet you'll find step by step dirctions, carving tips, information on feather anatomy, and patterns for several different feathers.  As a bonus, there is a reference page on bur selection, so you will know what shape and type bur is most useful for different parts of your carvings.

Mask Making Techniques*
6 pages (1 color page)  $5  

This packet addresses the use of embellishments and how to attach and incorporate them into your mask design.  The packet includes tips for using horsehair, metal cones, feathers, antlers and African quills, and suggests other materials that may be used to decorate a gourd mask.

War Shirt **
7 pages (1 color page)  $10  (includes a packet of texture medium)

This project has two fun techniques, faux beading and faux suede texture.  Included in the packet are complete instructions for these techniques, along with ideas and instructions for adding embellishments, bead patterns and other resources for inspiration.

Special: This project includes a packet of suede texture medium, which is enough to make about 4 ounces of suede paint.  This is enough to do 1-2 projects. 

Cholla Cactus Carving ***
6 pages (1 color page)  $6

This project is really fun and the specialized bur makes the carving a breeze.  You will need a D Rotary Chisel and some type of filigree bur to complete the project.  The project fully explains the cactus carving technique and is well illustrated.  (Please note that the clay sculpture is not part of this project.)

*Rotary Chisels are available from rotarychisel.com

Other carving burs are available from www.ArizonaGourds.com

Metal Shavings Inlay ****
4 pages (1 color page)  $4

This tutorial is designed for those who already have a bit of experience with resin inlays (such as InLace products).  You'll learn about different adhesive binders and how to use brass machine shavings to create an interesting effect.

Wildlife Carving ****
10 pages (2 color pages)  $8

This project shows you tips, techniques, and step by step photos for high relief carving.  Information on carving tools and cutting burs is also included, as well as instructions for creating a lid.  Three different wildlife carving patterns are included.  Modify, reduce or enlarge them as needed to fit your gourd project. 

This is a good companion project with the Carving with Cutouts project and patterns. 

"Mouse Houses" ***
6 pages (1 color page)  $5

Learn how to construct a dollhouse type "Mouse House".  This project guides you through all phases of construction including adding doors and windows, landscaping and information on optional electrical lighting.​

Gourd Teapots **
7 pages (1 color page)  $6

This one is two projects in one!  This packet shows you how to create two different styles of gourd teapots.  Included are different techniques for adding handles and spouts, information on specialty paints, basic relief carving, different types of lids and much more.  This one also includes a full size carving/painting pattern.

Jigsaw Puzzle Gourds  **
5 pages (1 color page)  $4

Create an interesting jigsaw puzzle style gourd.  The project includes complete designing and cutting / burning information.   Also included are ideas for modifications and instructions for an optional lid.

​​"Masquerade" Vases **
4 pages (1 color page)  $4

This project shows how to add a 3-dimensional mask to a gourd vase.  The project includes tips on color application and painting, and complete information on constructing the mask and applying it to the gourd surface. 

​​Rustic Leaves Bowl *
2 pages (1 color page)  $3

This project is quick and easy - use decoupage and woodburning to reinforce and accent a thin gourd and finish it in a variety of easy decorative woven rim treatments.

Asian Suspended Vase
4 pages (1 color page)   $4

For a limited time, download this document for free!

This project shows you how to add chopstick legs to create an interesting suspended vase.   It also describes finishing methods, lid construction and embellishments.

*Chopsticks and Chinese coins are available via www.arizonagourds.com

​​Butterfly Birdhouse *
6 pages (2 color pages)  $5

This project describes the differences between functional and decorative birdhouses, and includes a chart of dimensions and hole sizes for attracting various birds.  Includes complete construction and painting instructions, and full sized butterfly patterns. 
Ornamental Treasure Boxes *
4 pages (1 color page)  $4

Here is a great quick and easy gourd project that utilizes small gourds.  The project includes directions for cutting the lid, applying a hinge and ties, and decoration ideas.  The color page includes photos of 3 different styles.

Copyright notice:  
When you purchase a pattern or book, please keep in mind that is it copyrighted and is for personal use only. Any gourds that you create using the patterns may be offered for sale without asking permission, (although I encourage you to add your own personal touches.)

What you can't do:
You may not reproduce the pattern or text for use by others, offer it for sale or free download, or copy/send it to your friends. You cannot use the patterns or instructions to teach a class or workshop, unless prior permission has been obtained from Bonnie Gibson. 

  *All projects are copyright 2006-2019 by Bonnie Gibson - Do not photocopy.